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Preview, Game Day #58: Los Angeles Kings @ Nashville Predators

Road trip finally done! After this, at least.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings @ Nashville Predators

Time: 5:00 Pacific

TV: Fox Sports West, Fox Sports Tennessee

Enemy Reading: On the Forecheck

Los Angeles Kings

Lucic-Carter-Toffoli
Clifford-Lecavalier-Lewis
King-Shore-Brown
Pearson-Andreoff-Mersch

Muzzin-Doughty
Martinez-Schenn
McNabb-McBain

Quick
(Enroth)

Injured: Gaborik, Kopitar Scratched: Nolan, Gravel

Nashville Predators

Jarnkrok-Johansen-Neal
Forsberg-Ribeiro-Smith
Wilson-Fisher-Arvidsson
Salomaki-Gaustad-Watson

Josi-Weber
Ekholm-Ellis
Jackman-Bitetto

Rinne
(Hutton)

Injured: Nystrom, Bourque Scratched: Granberg, Bass

Stats & Such
(Fancy stats courtesy War on Ice)

Team Kings Predators
Record 33-20-4 27-21-10
Points 70 64
Division Rank 1st 4th
Streak Lost 3
Won 1
Goals For/Game 2.67 2.64
Goals Against/Game 2.39
2.62
ES Goal % 50.6
50.5
ES Shot %
54.3 53.4
ES PDO 99.0
99.2
ES Corsi % 56.4 53.3
ES Fenwick % 55.9 54.3
ES Scoring Chance % 54.9 53.5
ES High-Danger SC % 54.1 55.0
Power Play % (Rank) 22.5 (3rd)
19.6 (10th)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 82.1 (10th)
79.4 (23rd)
Starting Goalie (today) Quick Rinne
Goalie Record 28-15-2 15-7-6
Save % .919 .904
ES Save % .927 .921

Notes:

  • Oh, right, Anze Kopitar is injured.
  • Oh, right, Ryan Johansen is on the Predators now.
  • Oh, right, Mike Ribeiro still exists.
  • Nashville, of course, hosted this year's All-Star Game, which gave them a lot of positive exposure. Hopefully, Drew Doughty and Jonathan Quick can recapture the magic of that weekend.
  • One story lost in that weekend: Pekka Rinne, who was an All-Star, was having an off season. Since that All-Star Game, Rinne has lost four of six starts, but a shutout in his last game brought his save percentage all the way up to... .904. Ouch.
  • As for LA... I like that fourth line. Is it just me?
  • Anaheim's next three games are against Calgary, Buffalo, and Edmonton. Thankfully, the same is true after this game for the Kings. Winning this game is crucial in order for LA to keep any sort of advantage in the Pacific Division standings.
  • PREDICTION: Kings 4, Predators 3, in overtime.